Microsoft has finally launched the long-awaited Windows Vista. Will it sell well? It's already pretty obvious that Windows Vista will have a hard time competing against Microsoft's previous operating system, Windows XP. Many businesses are happy with it, and see no reason to switch. Still others are just now switching to Windows XP.

The way I see it, Microsoft is targeting the wrong crowd. With its flashy Aero theme, and parental controls, it seems more aimed to be purely aesthetical people, at not at the true business crowd. What the business crowd wants is an affordable upgrade price, flexible solutions, and minimal training required for the employees who are switching.

Vista just ain't giving that. First of all, they apply a fancy theme, which although looking good, doesn't really do much except slow the computer down (a lot). Then, it adds many needless visual features. To top it off, a lot of businesses will need to upgrade their perfectly-fine-until-now computers to be able to support the new operating system.

Other main selling points include increased security, bug fixes, Internet Explorer 7 (which should be free to all XP users), and speech recognition. Now although these may seem like great selling points for some users, who are they really targeting? These seem more general fixes than anything, and perhaps Service Pack would have been better than Vista.

They've taken a long time to get here. They've gone from bug fixing, to more bug fixing, and to more bug fixing. Looking at parts of the operating system tells me that they are trying to target too much, and too many audiences. And in the end, they might end up missing everybody. People will probably end up buying Vista eventually, but likely when they buy a new computer (which is probably what is going to save Microsoft's butt). I sure don't remember XP being launched this way.

The main target for this release will be new installations rather than upgrades.
Microsoft may have underestimated how content most users are with XP in that, especially given the massive volume of Microsoft hatred flooding the internet (they've probably a team analysing it all and predicting how much of it is real and how much merely kids wanting to be "kewl", that team may well be overly pessimistic in their analysis).

And the major market for new installations will always be the home user, especially with media center and desktop replacement laptops which are becoming ever more common.

Corporations may well reuse their existing XP licenses for a while at least, as they did with NT4 before (which is why Win2K also never really took off in companies).

We see this with every other release, conservative companies aren't likely to upgrade to something else unless their current system is about to be declared end of life OR there's a major business reason (like a major customer wanting all the documents they get sent to be in a format your current software can't produce).
For anyone who's been in the industry for more than a few years there'll be little surprise if the uptake of Vista by businesses is slow unless and until 64 bit computing really takes off.
At that time they may well decide to standardise on Vista rather than go for a mix of 32 bit XP and 64 bit Vista installations. But that's been predicted to happen for the last 5 years or so yet hasn't materialised yet.

jbennet 1,618

i think most buisnesses wont like vista as they mainly have budget machines and dont care about DX10 or aero , most of the companies who would upgrade cant as they run nt4 and have like 128 of ram and a pentium 3

Well said, everybody.